Welcome to my review of Bizrate Rewards. Among the most frequent questions I get about generating income online is whether online surveys actually work. They do, as long as you sign-up with survey sites that are trustworthy.
Another common concern when it comes to doing online surveys is whether they’re legit. In this review I'll discuss that, explain who they are and what they do… and more importantly, go through the Bizrate Rewards reviews to see what people are saying (hint: it’s not good).
Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for Bizrate Rewards. This review has been researched with information and/or testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and/or conclusions are strictly opinions and may not to apply to, or agree with, all persons or situations. See full disclaimer for more info
What is Bizrate Rewards About?
Bizrate Rewards is a marketing research company that pays members for doing online surveys and sharing their opinions about consumer products, services, and brands.
You can find them at bizraterewards.com, which is not to be confused with bizrate.com. Bizrate (without the rewards) is their sister site which is for online shopping, not surveys.
Both are owned by Connexity Inc which opened in 1996 and is located in Santa Monica CA.
How Does It Work?
The way Bizrate Rewards is meant to work, is for participants to simply make money by responding to survey questions.
In practice however, it’s not so simple… and for many (as you’ll see when I get into the reviews), it’s not worth the effort.
To sign-up you must be invited by filling out a survey or making a purchase from a partner retailer found on their shopping site bizrate.com.
Once you've joined and have your Bizrate Rewards login, you’ll be asked to build your profile by answering questions such as your name, email, date of birth, employment details, number of children, their ages, and some other household related questions.
This, in my opinion, is an invasive process which is one reason I’m not fond of survey sites. Unfortunately, it’s also necessary. Bizrate Rewards needs to establish your demographic group so they can match you with relevant surveys.
If you don't mind sharing some of your personal details, then this won't be an issue.
Currently, Bizrate Rewards is only offered in the US, and it’s completely free to join.
Who Is Bizrate Rewards For?
Like most online surveys, the pay-per-survey here is low. It can take a considerable amount of time just to reach the minimum $5 payout threshold, so Bizrate Rewards is really only for those who want a few extra bucks to spend on things like coffee.
Who It’s Not For
If you’re trying to make real money, looking for a side hustle, or even a full-time income online, Bizrate Rewards is likely not for you.
The advantage to making money online is that the connected world gives you leverage. It enables you to build something once and get paid for it over and over; true passive income.
Online surveys can’t provide any leverage. For every survey you complete, you only get paid once… and even then, it's not much.
Is Bizrate Rewards Legit?
The biggest frustration people have with Bizrate Rewards (and most online survey sites) is all about eligibility.
You complete a survey that takes half-an-hour and promises you X number of points, and when it’s all over you get a message that says, “quota full” or “you do not qualify”.
And if you don’t qualify, or the quota is full, you guessed it… you don’t get paid.
Most people saying Bizrate Rewards is a scam, or not legit… is because of this.
Some survey sites try to soften the blow by offering a few points even when you don’t qualify, but that’s not the case here.
Having said that… it doesn’t mean Bizrate Rewards is a scam. This problem is common problem to all survey sites.
Where it becomes suspicious is when there’s a pattern, like the frequency of non-qualifying surveys increasing as you get closer to the minimum payout threshold… making it more difficult to reach.
To be clear… I’m not calling Bizrate Rewards a scam. However, some members are…
Again, this isn’t my personal experience with Bizrate Rewards and I’m not accusing them of anything… but these are issues that other members have reported, and you should be aware of.
In their defense, it should also be noted that their parent company, Connexity Inc, has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 2003 and currently has an A+ rating.
There are lot of negative reviews and complaints about Bizrate Rewards, but that doesn’t make them a scam. Poorly managed maybe, but they are legit.
How Much Does Bizrate Rewards Pay?
I use that example because you’ll run into many 50-point and 100-point surveys…
Bizrate claims that survey payouts range from 5 – 5000 points, and while you won’t see many 5-point surveys, I can’t say I’ve seen any for 5000 points either.
Overall, the pay here is lower than most survey sites.
The pay may be lower than average, but the good news is that the minimum payout threshold is lower than average too. You can redeem your Bizrate rewards once you accumulate $5.00 (or 5000 points).
Points can be traded for various retail and restaurant e-Gift cards such as Amazon and Starbucks.
Bizrate Rewards Reviews and Complaints
This is where it gets real. There are dozens of Bizrate reviews but unfortunately most are not good.
On Sitejabber for example, there are nearly a hundred reviews and 90% (89.5% to be exact) are only giving them 1 star… the lowest possible rating.
Among the complaints, people are saying…
- It takes a long time (months) to accumulate the minimum 5000 points… and when they finally try to redeem them, they run into technical issues. For a $5.00 gift card and all the trouble, it’s just not worth the hassle.
- Points awarded are fewer than what was advertised at the survey entrance.
- Getting the dreaded “quota full” message after they spend time completing the survey.
- Rewards not being as promised. For example, a $100 reward is actually just a hundred bucks towards a magazine subscription that requires you to pay a processing fee, and then automatically charges your card when the trial is up.
Normally I’d go through the reviews and also report the positive things people are saying, but other than a few (and only a few) really generic responses like “Bizrate Rewards is great” or “I like them a lot”… there isn’t much to share.
A few people report that they like the magazine subscriptions, so there is that.
What I Like
- If I had to pick something… I like that they provide your points balance with every email.
- Also, points are approved within 72 hours, and while that’s not staggeringly fast by any means, it is better than some other sites that can take a week or more.
What I Don’t Like
- If you don’t earn or redeem any points within a calender year, your account will be closed and any points you have accumulated will expire.
- Unlike sites like Survey Savvy where it pays to recommend it to others, there is no refer-a-friend program here, and no referral income.
- Surveys are only emailed twice a week.
- No passive income potential.
You can probably tell, I'm personally not a fan of Bizrate Rewards, and there are far too many similar complaints for me to recommend them.
I generally don’t recommend online surveys at all when it comes to making money online because the pay is just too low and as mentioned above, there is no passive income potential.
Having said that though… doing paid surveys online may be the perfect fit for your work schedule and lifestyle. It’s low risk, and with some effort has the potential to give you some extra money. Not a lot, but a little.
And if you’ve never made money online before, surveys can be a simple way to get started and provide a stepping stone to bigger and better things.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope this Bizrate Rewards review was helpful.